December 5, 2013 4:21 PM
BAKER - The mayor and police chief of Baker are up in arms over the city's reduced budget.
Chief Mike Knaps wants to hire new officers to fill vacant positions, but the mayor won't allow it.
Right now the police department is down one patrol officer and three... more »
November 25, 2013 7:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall.
Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election.
She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
November 22, 2013 10:15 AM
SORRENTO- A pair of residents took the first steps Friday to recall Mayor Mike Lambert.
Brain Sisk, chairman of the effort, and Donald Trabeaux, his co-chair, walked into the Secretary of State's office this morning to begin the petition.
The pair can now officially collect the 348 signatures... more »
November 18, 2013 7:39 AM
PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.
In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
November 16, 2013 8:04 PM
PORT ALLEN- The first round of results of the recall election involving this city's mayor show early voters want Deedy Slaughter out.
Voting for the recall were 1,094 registered voters. Voting against the recall were 548 against.
A total of 1,642 voters voted early, a town record. That... more »
November 16, 2013 1:24 PM
SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide on the future of the town's police department.
Sorrento currently has only one quote on the table to provide insurance for the police department and an offer from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to step... more »
November 16, 2013 12:32 PM
SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide the future of the Sorrento Police Department.
Council members tabled discussions until Nov. 19 -- the same day the police department's current liability insurance ends.
The town currently has one insurance quote on the... more »
November 13, 2013 9:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted.
Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
November 13, 2013 4:05 PM
PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote.
The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
November 12, 2013 9:01 AM
ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field... more »
November 7, 2013 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election.
There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot.
Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
November 4, 2013 12:10 PM
PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday.
Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail.
Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
October 30, 2013 8:19 PM
NEW YORK CITY - The New York City Council passed a bill to raise the age to 21 for buying tobacco products.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new age requirement will prevent teens from smoking cigarettes, helping save lives in the process. Bloomberg has promised to sign the... more »
October 28, 2013 11:01 PM
GONZALES- City leaders here got tough on door-to-door salespeople.
After Monday night's vote, and passing of a new law, peddlers will need a special permit. They would also need to wear identification.
People complained about solicitors and asked city leaders to do something.
However, some people are... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 18, 2013 12:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin's lawyer earlier this week had asked that Nagin's indictment on bribery charges be thrown out, arguing that the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct. Defense attorney Robert Jenkins had said... more »
October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget.
The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
October 2, 2013 9:34 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget.
Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week.
Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
September 30, 2013 10:13 PM
ZACHARY - A controversial speed camera along Hwy. 19 in Zachary is on it's way out.
The city and Redflex, the company who owns the traffic camera, will end the contract November 22.
Those who drive through Zachary, are weary of the cameras.
"As soon as you... more »
September 23, 2013 10:25 PM
GONZALES - For years, solicitors in Ascension Parish have not had guidelines for door-to-door sales. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says lately, there have been an increase in solicitors and new rules are necessary for the city of Gonzales.
At the next city council meeting, the city will propose a new... more »
September 20, 2013 9:49 PM
PORT ALLEN - A political divide continues here, after the governor announced the date of a recall election for the town's mayor.
Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order setting the date for Nov. 16. People against Mayor Deedy Slaughter got enough signatures for the recall.
"I don't... more »
September 20, 2013 6:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise.
At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some... more »
September 11, 2013 9:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - City business was taken care of Wednesday night, with an agenda containing salary talks and Port Allen's budget.
Before diving into the agenda, Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the council went behind closed doors into an executive session to discuss three separate lawsuits involving the City of... more »
September 11, 2013 11:46 AM
PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom.
Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
September 10, 2013 10:43 PM
ZACHARY- The future of controversial speed cameras here is still up-in-the-air after a confusing decision by the town council Tuesday night.
Leaders voted no on an agenda item that would have let the contract lapse, and not be renewed. But, despite a vote that essentially supported the camera system,... more »
September 10, 2013 6:41 PM
ZACHARY - The lunchtime traffic flows a little slower along Highway 19 in Zachary, drivers seemingly wary of the traffic camera catching all speeders without prejudice.
"The ones in Zachary don't bother me at all," Vicki Barry said. "I think they're a good idea. They keep people from speeding... more »
September 9, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.
"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
September 9, 2013 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor.
Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures.
... more »
September 9, 2013 11:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
September 9, 2013 9:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
September 6, 2013 9:07 AM
HAMMOND- Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa will enter a pre-trial diversion program, including anger management counseling, for charges stemming from August 2012 when he allegedly threatened a police officer. According to The Daily Star of Hammond, the agreement signed by Ragusa and Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall requires Ragusa to... more »
September 4, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - The chief of Gonzales' police department recently called out members of the city council who he said were standing in the way of progress.
"I don't know if they're being rebellious, I'm not sure of what direction they want to head, but I can tell you, we're... more »
September 4, 2013 11:13 AM
PORT ALLEN - Citizens of Port Allen filed a petition to recall a member of the city council today, one day after signatures to recall the city's mayor were filed with the state.
Today's petition seeks the recall of R. J. Loupe, an at-large council member who also served... more »
September 3, 2013 8:28 AM
PORT ALLEN - For the first time in West Baton Rouge Parish history, a petition to recall an elected official was turned in Tuesday morning to the Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan. The petition targets Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Deloris Kibby and Millie Jackson are the chairwomen of... more »
August 30, 2013 4:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his police chief are appealing for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for the shooting death of a 13-month-old girl. The child was being held by an 18-year-old baby sitter who was wounded in the Thursday night... more »
August 28, 2013 11:56 AM
PORT ALLEN - People in Port Allen are one step closer to a possible recall election against Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
This morning, a letter was hand delivered to the Registrar of Voter's Office indicating intent for a recall election. The Mayor was also sent a certified copy of the... more »
August 19, 2013 3:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The State Ethics Board says former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano must pay for the late filing of a campaign finance report. The board, according to The Times-Picayune, declined Friday to waive the fee and Capitano owes $600. Capitano, who lost a race to Mike Yenni in 2010,... more »
August 13, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning.
But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
August 12, 2013 1:15 PM
NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg said at a news conference Monday that the judge displayed a "disturbing disregard" for... more »
August 8, 2013 10:39 AM
CENTRAL - Mayor Mac Watts of Central announced today he will not seek re-election next April.
Watts is the city's first and only mayor. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to serve as interim mayor while Central incorporated, then won back-to-back elections to remain in office.... more »
July 31, 2013 10:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to.
Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
July 30, 2013 12:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office said he will announce his selection for the next chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department at a press conference tomorrow morning.
Holden confirmed last week that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and... more »
July 23, 2013 3:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden today said he expects to decide who will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department by this time next week.
Holden confirmed today that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and Capt. Carl Dunn, all currently... more »
July 22, 2013 11:43 AM
SULPHUR - City government in Sulphur is going paperless. Mayor Chris Duncan tells the Lake Charles American Press that the Sulphur City Council went paperless for the first time in its Monday meeting. The city's Land Use Commission had gone paperless in two meetings to test the concept. The city... more »
July 18, 2013 4:59 PM
NEW ROADS - The mayor of New Roads filed today to have a judge stop the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury from doubling the millage rates for people in the city.
Mayor Robert Myer said in a press release the increase was "unconstitutional" and "unfair" for the people of... more »
July 16, 2013 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system.
Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
July 16, 2013 4:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb.
Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
July 9, 2013 11:02 PM
PORT ALLEN- The mayor's pay will likely be discussed at a town council meeting Wednesday evening, since it is on the agenda.
An ordinance is expected to be introduced to set Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary at about $85,000. She is currently collecting that amount despite that the council reduced... more »
July 3, 2013 10:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Both Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the three City Council members who sued her over several actions she's taken since assuming office claimed wins after a judge's decision late last night.
Judge Alvin Batiste ruled the council did not properly reduce the mayor's salary from $84,960 to... more »
July 2, 2013 6:02 PM
SORRENTO - Mike Lambert will be sworn in as Sorrento's newest mayor tonight, alongside three new council people.
It ends an era of former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who caused controversy when he took extended leaves of absence and held executive sessions during council meetings.
Now Lambert wants... more »
July 2, 2013 5:18 PM
PORT ALLEN - A judge denied a mistrial request by the attorney for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter in today's hearing over a lawsuit filed by three city council members.
Ron Johnson made the motion after the judge signed an order requiring Slaughter stop interfering with Chief Financial Officer... more »
June 26, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - A special council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night in Port Allen to talk about Mayor Deedy Slaughter's proposed budget, failed to do what it was set to finalize.
The council did not settle on a motion that would publicly discuss Slaughter's city budget plan. The Council... more »
June 26, 2013 10:57 AM
PORT ALLEN - A special council meeting is scheduled tonight for Port Allen City Council to talk about Mayor Deedy Slaughter's proposed budget.
However, there are questions about whose agenda they'll be following. Two agendas were posted in City Hall yesterday: one produced by the council, the other by... more »
June 25, 2013 3:07 PM
PORT ALLEN - Three Port Allen City Council members filed an injunction Tuesday afternoon in the 18th Judicial District Court to stop Mayor Deedy Slaughter from doing a host of different things that have been the focus of numerous News 2 investigations since February.
The injunction filed by council... more »
June 12, 2013 10:59 PM
PORT ALLEN - Few fireworks at the Port Allen City Council meeting Wednesday; and some say little business was done, too.
Most were waiting for the introduction of the 2013-2014 city budget, due to start in July. But while Mayor Deedy Slaughter pulled the budget out of an envelope... more »
June 11, 2013 9:59 PM
CLINTON - A small town in East Feliciana Parish is taking a drastic measure to stop crime.
The Clinton mayor, the entire city council and the police chief have decided to implement a curfew for anyone in the town.
The curfew started May 30th and will last until... more »
June 10, 2013 8:49 PM
PORT ALLEN- An attorney has agreed to file an injunction on behalf of the city council, upset with the mayor for blocking city employees from city bank accounts.
Recently, Mayor Deedy Slaughter banned CFO Audrey McCain from accessing bank accounts and signing city checks. Slaughter also forbid city payroll... more »
June 10, 2013 4:50 PM
PORT ALLEN - Two Port Allen City Council members met with an attorney today in hopes of getting a judge to block Mayor Deedy Slaughter's latest actions.
It comes on the same day that City Attorney Victor Woods' resignation became public.
Woods told News 2 he's stepping down... more »
June 10, 2013 12:02 PM
PORT ALLEN - The city attorney for Port Allen confirmed to News 2 today that he's submitted his resignation after serving the city for 16 years.
Victor J. Woods, Jr. submitted his letter of resignation on May 29. It said he'd previously asked Mayor Deedy Slaughter that he be... more »
June 7, 2013 2:40 PM
PORT ALLEN- A recall petition has been filed against Port Allen Mayor "Deedy" Slaughter with the Secretary of State's Office. The petition was filed by Deloris Kibby and Millie Jackson. John Michael Lockhart, one of the recall organizers, said they are hoping to get a recall election on the Oct.... more »
June 5, 2013 11:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - In a setback for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, a federal appeals court has ended its block of a potentially expensive agreement to reform the city's troubled police department. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the reforms temporarily last week. But the appeals court lifted... more »
May 29, 2013 10:51 AM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter is scheduled to be in court this morning to face accusations she violated a judge's order to stop interfering with the Port Allen chief financial officer's job.
Judge Alvin Batiste ordered Slaughter back in February not to hinder Audrey McCain's work after Slaughter... more »
May 16, 2013 2:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A News 2 investigation into crime cameras in the city of Baton Rouge revealed thousands of dollars are being spent on the current system, but there hasn't been one conviction in court as a result of the expensive crime fighting tools. At least one Baton Rouge Metro Council... more »
May 13, 2013 1:39 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed a measure passed by the Port Allen City Council last week which would have explicity listed several city positions as department heads, including the chief financial officer who took Slaughter to court after the mayor tried to fire her.
The ordinance, which... more »
May 13, 2013 11:46 AM
FOLSOM, La. - A state audit of the finances of the village of Folsom cites 19 findings of deficiencies, including undocumented fuel expenses for a vehicle driven by the mayor. The report from the state legislative auditor's office, prepared by the firm of Griffin and Co., also finds that more... more »
April 30, 2013 3:34 PM
PORT ALLEN- More allegations of possible wrongdoing by Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter surfaced after a contempt hearing was continued in West Baton Rouge Parish today.
In court, we learned Slaughter hired a new legal team of attorneys to represent her after a judge overturned her firing of Chief... more »
April 30, 2013 10:42 AM
PORT ALLEN - A hearing to determine if Mayor Deedy Slaughter of Port Allen violated a judge's order not to interfere with the city's chief financial officer has been continued until May.
Today Mayor Slaughter had new attorneys representing her. Judge Alvin Batiste told both sides the court issued... more »
April 16, 2013 4:21 PM
PORT ALLEN - Concern is growing in Port Allen among city leaders over a compliance issue with bond accounts.
An audit conducted for the city last year, indicated the city needed to set up what's called a "sinking fund." The account would be used to pay off bond debts.... more »
April 8, 2013 5:34 PM
SORRENTO - The mayor of Sorrento's father could have a shot at taking his son's spot.
Wilson Longanecker Sr. will face Mike Lambert in a runoff next month after this weekend's election yielded no majority winner.
Wilson Longanecker Jr., the current mayor, lost his bid for a spot... more »